National Geographic : 1910 Oct
THE COURT AND ROYAL CLOISTERS OF BATALHA Standing in the center of the court-yard and looking up at the abbey, one sees three beautiful lace-like parapets rise one above the other along the whole length, on cloister, clerestory, and nave, clear-cut edges of perfect curves against the blue sky. Each of the cloister arches is filled with stone tracery of amazing richness and variety, the cross of the Order of Christ and the arniillary sphere being deftly introduced in the fretwork with great effect. This cloister, like that of Belem, seems to mark the purer and less extravagant development of the Manueline style, in which the Gothic traditions have not been entirely cast aside, and only the most callous soul could remain unmoved by its exquisite beauty. MARTIN HUME.